Mask Free

Lately, I have observed my reactions when asking people to remove their masks to take a picture for their medical files. Each time a person removes their mask, my heart leaps with joy. The resilience and beauty of each person's face sends tingling up and down my spine. It is incredible to me how a slight covering on a face blocks such beauty. Our souls hold this beauty, our authenticity, love! As a social worker observing and looking at a person helped tell the story of the pain of their experience.

Our facial expressions sometimes reveal moods and feelings that others observe that we may not be aware of. The CDC has just changed the guidelines for wearing masks. Many will have the privilege of seeing and holding a loved one for the first time in a year with a naked face! Some questions to ponder before we do this are:

What are some of the masks I have worn to protect myself from pain or hurt? Most of us have developed masks from childhood to fit into a mold that others have created.

Can I embrace and love the parts of myself that make me feel uncomfortable? These parts of myself are essential to my self-growth and authenticity.

Now that I can remove my mask, am I willing to allow myself and others to see the beauty of my true self?

We have witnessed such chaos in the last five years. While we were asked to wear masks, government officials and corporate America removed their masks for all of the world to see. We can now see the dysfunction on many levels. I am thankful for this. It is painful to watch on many levels this process of significant change. Of course, it also gives me pause to reflect on the areas within myself that cry out for healing. I have released and thanked some of the masks I have worn for years. I am still working on others. I can feel a lightness in my heart as my authenticity rises. Being authentic allows me to be a loving presence to myself and the world around me. I am so excited that we are moving into a new phase further away from the Covid Trauma. Let us be kind and gentle with those who need to continue to wear their masks. We are all on the same journey, at different phases of the journey. It is time to embrace each other as we walk our journey together.

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